Randy Wayne White’s Gift Keeps Giving

I was sitting in Doc Ford’s restaurant on Sanibel Island talking to the man himself, well, his alter ego: NYT bestselling novelist Randy Wayne White. Randy is best known for his Doc Ford series about a marine biologist and former government agent who lives on Sanibel and always seems to find trouble, or it finds him. Think of Indiana Jones, but on the bays and backwaters of Florida, the Caribbean and South America.

Interviewing Randy in his own restaurant is a feat in and of its own. For two hours we were repeatedly interrupted by loving fans seeking autographed copies of his books, which his restaurants (there are three, soon to be four), are more than happy to sell. And Randy, a true gentleman who admits to a sailor’s vocabulary (although I never heard it) was more than willing to oblige his fans.

There’s a lot more to Randy Wayne White than books and fans, like the work he’s done to help kids and refugees in Cuba. He’s a big man with a big heart. Read more about him in my future column on crimereads.com in the coming months. In the meantime, check out this documentary, “Gift of the Game,” about Randy’s effort to help Cuban children play baseball and to meet Ernest Hemingway’s original boy’s team on the island.

Check Out The Big Thrill Magazine for James Grippando’s New Novel

My story about James Grippando’s new legal thriller appears in this month’s The Big Thrill magazine. Here’s how it begins:

Let’s face it, no matter what side of the fence you’re on, American politics doesn’t get any zanier than it is right now. That, of course, begs the question, what is a political thriller writer to do? How can fiction possibly top our current political reality?

And if that’s not bad enough, think about all of the people who are so emotionally exhausted from the daily barrage of politics, they’re now tuning out—many of them potential readers of political thrillers.

James Grippando, who writes legal thrillers that sometimes bleed over into the realm of political thriller, says he’s taken the advice of a former book editor: “Don’t get into the ‘can you top this’ category.” Instead, he says, “You’ve got to get into the human element and not go for the shock value.”

Grippando’s new novel, THE BIG LIE—the 16th in his Jack Swyteck series—is actually a legal thriller wrapped in the political setting of a presidential election.

Click here to read the entire article.

I Just Interviewed Thriller Author Tess Gerritsen

I recently interviewed best-selling author Tess Gerritsen for an upcoming column I’m writing for Crimereads.com. Crimereads read my stories about what famous authors have gone through to get their first book published, and asked me to write more. So I will be writing a monthly column for the largest mystery/crime/thriller fan site on the Internet (monthly circulation: 700,000-900,000).

I’ve already completed four. Lee Child will appear in March. Others include Michael Connelly, David Morrell and Steve Berry. (Currently on my website.)

Tess, originally studied medicine at her father’s behest. But her true love was writing. So while she was a young mother on maternity leave, she began to write seriously. Her first novel was Call After Midnight. Harvest, her first bestseller, didn’t arrive until years later. She also wrote Gravity and the Rizzoli & Isles novels, which became a television series. Read more in my upcoming Crimereads.com column.